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Dredging To Occur in Rensselaer Neighborhood

May 9, 2016
Dredging is set for a close-knit neighborhood in Rensselaer.
Rose Schneider

The chemical manufacturer BASF recently reached an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to dredge contaminated river sediment from the site of its former dye plant in Rensselaer. It’s at the end of a residential street that runs along the river. The company is expected to begin the cleanup at the end of the year, but some residents are concerned.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Arguing "it's now or never for the Hudson River and communities up and down its shores," activists gathered along the riverbank in Green Island today to urge General Electric to meet responsibilities beyond the current EPA-mandated PCB cleanup.

GE is slated to complete an EPA-ordered cleanup as early as this summer, one environmentalists say will leave behind millions of pounds of health-threatening PCB-contaminated sediments both north and south of the Federal Dam in Troy.

Dredging of the Hudson River
EPA

Dredging of the upper-Hudson River will resume Wednesday.

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

Atlantic Richfield Co. has agreed to clean up PCB-contaminated soils and Hudson River sediment in Westchester County in a project New York conservation officials estimate will cost more than $250 million.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the consent order with ARCO is for the Harbor at Hastings site where its predecessor company, Anaconda Wire & Cable Co., released polychlorinated biphenyls and metals into the soil, groundwater and river sediment from manufacturing operations.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

General Electric's dredging of the Hudson River to clean up pollution has continued on pace during the government shutdown:  The Environmental Protection Agency says it has been able to oversee the Superfund project despite furloughs.

Crews under the direction of GE this season have removed 520,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated by PCBs, exceeding the annual goal set by regulators at the EPA.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

General Electric has filed a lawsuit against National Grid seeking compensation for a share of costs for the $1 billion-plus Superfund cleanup of contaminated sediment from the upper Hudson River.
 
In a federal complaint filed Friday, GE says that in 1973 National Grid's predecessor, Niagara Mohawk, removed an 1880s-era dam downstream of GE plants in Hudson Falls and Fort Edward that caused more than 1 million cubic yards of tainted mud and contaminated sediment to wash downstream.

4/30/13 - Panel

Apr 30, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, and Ray Graf and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today's topics include:

  • Dredging
  • NBA player, Jason Collins announcing that he is gay
  • Sexual harassment in jails
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The Hudson River PCB-cleanup project is about halfway through, and both governmental officials as well as environmental advocates provided an update on the Superfund project Wednesday. What has not yet begun is a project to restore the Hudson River’s natural resources, including fish and wildlife, but planning for the restoration is underway.

Dredging Set to Start in Polluted Onondaga Lake

Jun 2, 2012

New York State environmental officials say dredging and capping pollution in Onondaga Lake will begin this summer.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The work is part of a $451 million project at the Superfund site, where contamination has already been targeted with cleanups at industrial sites and improved wastewater treatment.

Decades of industrial activity poured mercury and other metals along with solvents and PCBs into the lake northwest of Syracuse.